The Daily Advocate – April 28, 1911
Famous San Antonio Grappler Defeats Abps in Six Minutes and Thirty Seconds – Mihovil Springs Sensation.
John Berg, the noted light heavyweight wrestler of San Antonio, defeated Otto Abps, alias Young Beel, alleged middleweight champion of the South and Germany, with ease in a handicap match before a fairly large celebration crowd here at Hauschild’s Opera House last night. Berg won the first fall in four minutes and fifty seconds with a crotch and half nelson. Abps was entirely outclassed and never saw Berg’s back. However, Abps might have stayed longer if he had not tried to mix things with the big fellow and kept in such close quarters. Even for the little tussle he gave Berg, the San Antonian was blowing like a porpoise at the end of the bout and seemed to be out of condition or laboring under great excitement. Tom Long, claimant to the middleweight championship of Arkansas, who wrestled Abps here last night, served as referee. Continue reading